Yesterday wasn't really the best day ever. I had gone to bed knowing a bladder infection was coming on. Desperately I searched the Internet for home remedies to at least alleviate some of the symptoms until I went to work and could get a prescription for some antibiotics. (note: I am not a person who just runs for antibiotics at the drop of a hat, but past experience has taught me sometimes they are worth it for this) If you have ever had a bladder infection you know how miserable they are. We live out of town and since it wasn't an emergency I hate to make a trip into town for something that can wait until the next day.
(Tip alert) I learned 1 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water can help as well as drinking warm water with lemon and honey, or honey and cinnamon. So I had a glass of very warm water with half a lemon squeezed in, 1 tsp of baking soda, a tsp of honey and a dash of cinnamon. My kids laughed as I gagged it down, but it really did help.
In the morning as I was getting ready for work I gagged down some more, but with only 1/2 a tsp of baking soda this time (not as effective if you are curious but much more palatable.). As soon as I got to work I discovered I had a student.
Let's back up the bus here and talk about how I DID NOT DRINK ANY COFFEE in the morning because caffeine is a bladder irritant. So you can guess I was crabby, edgy, and uncomfortable with the bladder thing going on and no coffee
I was chugging a lot of water with lemon. I just couldn't handle anymore baking soda and I was worried it would have weird side effects, so I was wanting to run to the bathroom a lot. Not a great combination to be putting me in a great mood to teach or work.
I had some equipment issues and got a little crankier. Thankfully I was working with a PA friend of mine and I texted him and told him if he wanted the day to go nicely he should call me over some antibiotics. He did. I ran across the street to the hospital pharmacy on my morning break to get them and discovered he not only called over antibiotics, but also phenazopyridine.
I nearly cried. Suddenly I was so grateful that if I had to suffer through a bladder infection at least I had friends who could save me the time, money and effort of going to the walk in clinic for them to tell me what I already know and he would be so thoughtful to add in the extra bit.
If you don't know what phenazopyridine is, it also goes by Azo, Pyridium, Uristat.. it numbs the painful symptoms of a bladder infection. Can you hear the choir singing, I was pretty sure I could.
I downed my pills as I was speed walking back to work and when I got to the lounge there were huge frosted cinnamon rolls. (Cue more choir singing.) Yes I ate one.
I hurried off after work to my foot appointment only to discover there was a communication snafu and my appointment wasn't even until Thursday. Super annoying since I had to leave work 10 minutes early for this. Dr. Tan wasn't even in the office yesterday so they couldn't even try to squeeze me in her schedule. Eeek, I hate things like that.
Anyway let's get to the grateful heart part (you are probably wondering by now where that comes in, or maybe you forgot all about it by now) I saw the quote
"Start each day with a grateful heart"
on my Instagram feeds this morning and instantly I thought of how grateful I was today to be feeling better and well enough to at least do all the cross training I want. I may not be able to run, but at least I can still stay active. I was grateful for friends who are thoughtful and a beautiful spring day. This list could go on all day.
I am in week 5 of Zuzka Lights 10 week arm balance challenge and was happy to get this one
I posted this picture on Facebook last night
Quick.. what are you grateful for today?